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Our school district has a bold mission for all students: “To inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.” In order to measure our progress in helping students achieve that mission, Osseo Area Schools staff gathers information in a variety of ways.

One of the most significant efforts so far is a Spring 2014 stakeholder survey through which students, staff and parents/guardians provided feedback on several key mission-related areas. The results will help us identify how we’re doing and where we can improve.

Participation

  • More than 6,000 students in grades 3-12 took the survey during the school day (in small schools, all students in those grades participated; in larger schools, a random sample participated).  
  • Parent/guardian participants were selected by random sample to ensure that respondents were representative of the parent/guardian population in Osseo Area Schools (1,179 parent/guardian participants). Surveys were administered in English, Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali.
  • All staff who work in schools were invited to take the survey (1,233 staff participants).

What we learned

Administrators are particularly interested in how we’re doing to help students meet the three strategic objectives found in the district’s mission: achieving dreams, contributing to community, and engaging in lifelong learning. The results showed the following:

Achieving Dreams

  • Almost three out of four students (73%)* indicated that they have clear dreams or visions for their future.
  • This was confirmed when 74% of parents said that their son or daughter has clear dreams or visions for their future.
  • These dreams have also been shared with teachers, as 63% of teachers agreed with the statement: “Most students I have gotten to know this year have talked with me about their dreams for the future.”

Contributing to Community

  • More than half of students surveyed (58%) responded that they helped meet the needs of others through leadership, service, or some other way. 
  • Parents were more likely than students to report that their son or daughter contributed in these ways (66%)
  • Teachers were less likely than students to report this kind of involvement, with 46% of teachers agreeing with the statement: “This year, most students I know have helped to meet the needs of others through leadership, service, or some other way.”

Engaging in Lifelong Learning Skills

  • Most students (63%) reported that they manage their time well.
  • Similarly, 62% of parents said their son or daughter manages his or her time well.
  • In contrast, 39% of teachers agreed with the statement: “Most students I have gotten to know demonstrate good time management skills.”

Another part of the survey measured how we’re doing in helping students and families feel welcome at school and respected and trusted by school staff. This is considered priority work for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

Welcome

  • 62% of students reported that they feel they belong at school.
  • 79% of parents responded that the school as a whole is welcoming to their family.

Respect

  • 74% of students indicated that adults treat them with respect.
  • 92% of parents reported that their son or daughter’s school treats them with respect.

Trust

  • 72% of students responded that adults at school trust them.
  • 88% of parents indicated that school staff trusts them.

* For districtwide results, the margin for error is +/- 2% at the 95% confidence level.

What’s next?

School and district leaders will use these results and other data for improvement planning. 

-Published May 20, 2014

Contact

Don Pascoe, Director
763.391.7092